White House announces new National Marine Sanctuary to preserve Hudson Canyon

On World Oceans Day, the White House announced a new National Marine Sanctuary to preserve the Hudson Canyon. The proposal includes designating the largest underwater canyon on the Atlantic coast as one of the country’s next underwater parks. Hudson Canyon is an ecological hotspot located about 100 miles off the coast of New York and it reaches depths of 2.5 miles.

Under the proposal of US President Joe Biden’s administration, Hudson Canyon would become a national marine sanctuary. The canyon is a vast gorge in the Atlantic Ocean and home to endangered whales, sharks and sea turtles. Hudson Canyon would receive permanent federal protection.

Media noted that Hudson Canyon would be off-limits to oil and gas drilling. This restriction is to protect marine life and cold water corals. It is important to note that before finalization, the proposal will be subject to a public comment period until August 8th.

As quoted in an NYT, Richard W Spinrad, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a statement: “A sanctuary near one of the most densely populated areas in the northeastern United States would connect various communities in the area to the ocean and the canyon in new and different ways.” Spinrad further added that the shrine would leave “a lasting legacy for future generations”.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, Hudson Canyon is the first national marine sanctuary off New York and New Jersey.

The Biden administration also announced that the United States will phase out single-use plastics from national parks and other public lands over the next decade.


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